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Title

Neuroendocrine Function in Medical Illness and Psychiatric Disorders  

Status

Open

Project Description

Saliva provides a medium for assessing the function of the hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis that is relatively noninvasive from the patient's/subject's perspective. We are collecting saliva samples from a variety of study groups, including astronauts during flight missions, caregivers of several groups of cancer patients, American Indians with posttraumatic stress disorder, premature infants on a NICU, autistic children, and typical and atypical adolescent populations. These studies offer an opportunity to interact with other investigators as well. From these saliva samples, we can follow diurnal variations in cortisol and dehydroepiandrostone (DHEA). The student will have an opportunity to learn about subject recruitment, survey research, and assessment of diurnal variation in steroid hormones as stress markers. Students will be involved in data entry and analysis to the extent that they are interested in this process. Directed reading will be included allowing the student(s) to appreciate the research problem(s) we are addressing in this laboratory. The students will be required to complete human subjects research training if they have not completed it at this time.
  

Mentor Name

Laudenslager, Mark

Mentor Location

University North Pavilion

Mentor Contact Number

303-315-9276

Mentor Contact Email

mark.laudenslager@ucdenver.edu  

Specialty

Enter Choice #1

Preceptor Name

 

Student

 

Department

Psychiatry

Funding Department/Program

Psychiatry and Developmental Neuroscience

Area of Study

Developmental Neuroscience, Brain and Behavior - Child; Hematology and Oncology; Neuroscience, Brain and Behavior - Adult

Populations

Adolescents; Infants; Native Americans; School-age Children

Method(s)

Behavioral; Clinical Trials; Hormonal; Surveys, Questionnaires, and Psychological Testing; Talking and Behavior Therapies

Disease or Symptom

Cancer; Mental Illness and Developmental Disabilities; Stress

Faculty/Lab Website

 

Display on public listings?

No

Attachments

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Last modified at 7/31/2013 1:04 PM by Watts, Katie